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How to open a mangosteen properly

Foreigners coming to Thailand will encounter the mangosteen for the first time. This sweet, tangy fruit can be found all over Southeast Asia other tropical areas such as Colombia and Puerto Rico, where the tree has been introduced. It’s known in Thailand as the Queen of Fruits. There are basically two ways to open a … Read More

All Thai Visa Types for US Citizens: Insider’s Perspective

Most US Citizens don’t need a visa If you’re entering Thailand as a US citizen and plan to spend less than 30 days in the Kingdom, you (and citizens of dozens of other countries) will get a stamp permitting you to do so when you present yourself at any international airport. (At land borders, this … Read More

Thailand Songkran Festival explained (and where to celebrate it)

The traditional Thai New Year or Songkran is a public holiday in Thailand, that falls on April 13th-15th, based on the Thai lunar calendar. Since Aries is the first astrological sign in the zodiac, Songkran is celebrated when the sun moves into Aries. Nowadays, Thais celebrate both the New Year, according to the Christian Calendar, and the traditional Thai … Read More

Why do people give food to Monks in Thailand? (alms giving)

Alms giving is one of the most common practices among Thai Buddhists. It’s a way to support the monks, who study and practice the Buddha’s teachings, by offering them food. At the same time, we learn to give and to let go. Alms Round From dawn until around 7 o’clock, monks walk bare feet with their … Read More

How to ask for the bathroom in Thai

Here are some useful Thai phrases and questions relating to bathrooms. In Thai, the bathroom is called hong nam. Another common way to say it but in writing (that is often put on toilet signs) is sukha. Occasionally, the word for male and female will be added to the toilet signs, such as hong nam ying meaning female toilet, or hong nam … Read More

How to say “I don’t understand” in Thai, and other survival phrases

ไม่เข้าใจ (mâi kâo jai) Don’t understand in Thai is simply (mâi), which means no. and (kâo jai) which means understand. If you’re unfamiliar with Thai accents, you can simply say (my-cow-jai) (you can even remember it like “my cow is jai” whatever that means) however it is much more likely that Thai people understand what you are … Read More

Thai Students Studying English

Do People Speak English in Thailand?

Here’s the short answer: yes, English is a commonly spoken language in Bangkok and other tourist destinations, especially by younger people. You’ll have no problem using only English in Bangkok, especially more international and touristy areas. While many Thais may not be fluent in English, you can still have practical exchanges with them. English is … Read More

Most Spoken Languages in Thailand Chart

What Are the Most Spoken Languages in Thailand?

According to a 2021 survey, the most common languages spoken in Thailand are: Followed by Lao, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. It’s no surprise that Thailand is home to a diversity of languages, as it shares borders with many other countries and is a major economic hub in Southeast Asia. But you might be surprised to find … Read More